These Senegalese Twists Are So Freaking Pretty

Ama Kwarteng

From Cosmopolitan

Don't get me wrong: I loooove Senegalese twists—they're a classic look. But, sometimes, doing the same style over and over again can get pretty old...fast. That's why on this week's episode of The Braid Up, we're giving you a remix of the OG style—meet the freestyle Senegalese twists. In the video above, our braiding guru, Stasha Harris, shows us how this look comes together.

If you know how to braid your own hair or you’re with someone who does, here are some tips to keep in mind if you choose to recreate one of this look at home:

1. Give yourself a blowout. It’s easier to get a sleek look on hair that’s been blown out, so wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo (it won’t strip your hair of its natural oils), and then blow dry it.

2. Stock up on edge control. It's going to be your holy-grail product while you're braiding, and you're going to need it after the braiding process to keep your hair looking fresh too.

3. Add hair rollers to the ends of your twists. And then, dip them in hot water. This not only helps make your twists come out super curly, but it also helps to seal the ends so that they don't unravel.

4. Set your braids with two pumps of mousse in the a.m. This helps to prevent frizz and flyaways from popping up throughout the day. Work the mousse through your hair in the morning, wrap it up, and then hit it with a blow dryer.

Photo credit: The Braid Up

Hair: Magic Fingers Studio; Makeup: Lakeisha Dale; Stylist: Ann Wang; Beauty Assistant: Ama Kwarteng

Senior Director: Jason Ikeler; Producer: Amanda Kabbabe; Videographer: Josh Archer; Editor: Andrew Desgaines; Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre

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